Interpret Scores

There is a score range for each skill measured on the TOEFL iBT® test. Each skill has three or four proficiency levels. For more information, see the Performance Feedback Brochure.

Skill Score Range Level*
Reading 0–30 Low (0–14)
Intermediate (15–21)
High (22–30)
Listening 0–30 Low (0–14)
Intermediate (15–21)
High (22–30)
Speaking 0–4 points converted to 0–30 score scale Weak (0–9)
Limited (10–17)
Fair (18–25)
Good (26–30)
Writing 0–5 points converted to 0–30 score scale Limited (1–16)
Fair (17–23)
Good (24–30)
Total Score 0–120  

*Data taken from test taker score reports.

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